According to the Environmental Protection Agency:
Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.
Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. Many communities in the United States offer a variety of options for conveniently and safely managing HHW.
While everyone knows that chemicals can be dangerous, determining how to securely and safely dispose of them, can be a challenge. This event is aimed at providing you with a safe, easy, and responsible way to free your house, family, ad pets of unnecessary chemical risks.
On November 8, Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz and the Baltimore County Council, The Department of Environmental Protection & Sustainability (EPS), in cooperation with the Department of Public Works, is proud to host a Hazerdous Household Waste Collection Event, aimed at helping the residents of Baltimore County to rid their homes of dangerous and unnecessary products that pose dangerous risks to their families, free of charge. The details are outlined at the bottom of this post.
You can learn more about the risks that chemicals, light bulbs, automotive waste and fluids, and even batteries pose to your family at the EPA website here.
And you can help to keep your children safe from chemical risks by educating them. A fun way to do that is through the EPA’s fun and interactive “Lean About Chemicals Around Your House,” online tour for kids. You can access it here!
I hope you can join us to help ensure that we keep Baltimore County safe and beautiful!
HOUSEHOLD HAZERDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT
(open to Baltimore County residents only)
Sunday, November 8, 2015
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Western Acceptance Facility
3310 Transway Road
Halethorpe, MD 21227
ACCEPTABLE ITEMS will be recycled or disposed of properly: Unwanted household chemicals, paints, pesticides, swimming pool chemicals, medicines, mercury thermometers, fluorescent light bulbs, re-chargeable batteries, ammunition, fireworks, and automotive fluids. NO trash or electronics will be accepted at this event.
Can’t make it to the event, you can still dispose of your unwanted hazardous waste!
(April – November)
Eastern Sanitary Landfill
6259 Days Cove Road
White Marsh, MD 21162
Monday – Saturday, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
And if you have questions about your hazardous household chemicals, call the EPS at 410-887-3745, Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 4 pm.
This event is brought to you by Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz and the Baltimore County Council, The Department of Environmental Protection & Sustainability (EPS), in cooperation with the Department of Public Works.